In 2017 the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project is proud to announce its 3D virtual reality model of the Antonine (2nd century AD) phase of the theatre of Paphos made by our good friends at LithodomosVR, specialists in reconstructing the ancient world using exciting new technologies.
The 3D model is viewable through VR googles.
The model allows the viewer to explore a hypothetic reconstruction of the ancient theatre from three different view points; the upper cavea, the centre of the orchestra and the eastern side of the orchestra. The immersive experience is a wonderful means to allow people to experience what the theatre would have been like during this dynamic period in the theatre's history.
The model is also a great example of our commitment towards public engagement with the archaeological process and the remarkable ancient theatre of Paphos. It was a massive success in the recent exhibition Travellers from Australia.
Stills from the model.
The VR model being viewed both on site and as part of the exhibition Travellers from Australia in Paphos.
The Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project is committed to sharing our results with the public.
In October Craig Barker and Diana Wood Conroy published a paper in The Conversation exploring the relationship between archaeology and contemporary visual arts and our artist program.
The paper 'Old sites, new visions: art and archaeology collide in Cyprus' can be read here.
Rowan Conroy, Paphos Theatre Full Moon, April 2006.
As part of the Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture celebrations we are honoured to contribute the exhibition Travellers from Australia: artists in the ancient Pafos theatre being held at the Palia Ilektriki (Old Powerhouse) in Ktima Paphos.
The exhibition was curated by Diana Wood Conroy and Craig Barker, and features artworks and installations by artists Angela Brennan, Brogan Bunt, Rowan Conroy, Amanda Dusting, Hannah Gee, Penny Harris, Guy Hazell, Stephen Ingham, Derek Kreckler, Bob Miller, Jacky Redgate, Geoff Stennett, Lawrence Wallen, Diana Wood Conroy and LithodomosVR.
The exhibition ranges from photography, metal-working and ceramic to digital media and video projection.
The exhibition was opened on 2 October by His Excellency Alan Sweetman, the Australian High Commissioner to Cyprus. Thanks to everyone who could come to help us celebrate this special night.
Here are some images from the opening event.
Each season our team including the directors, students, architects, volunteers, ceramicists and other finds specialists will blog about the day to day sweat and adventures that come with life on an archaeological dig.